The Founding of Salem: City of Peace

In the 1620s, the land that would one day become the Massachusetts North Shore was a harsh frontier. Native Americans, fishermen and religious exiles struggled to survive, while speculators strived to profit off the vast resources of this New World. Out of the disease, greed and chaos of the era would emerge one of the most unique cities in the world. Learn how a working-class salter named Roger Conant became the first governor of Massachusetts and why Myles Standish tried to end this new colony of fishermen with brute force. Meet the woman who led the Massachusett people through their most trying times but whose name was ultimately lost to recorded history. Join local author Benjamin Shallop as he reveals how a place known as Naumkeag became Salem, the City of Peace.

Paperback: 144 Pages

Images: 25

6 (w) x 9 (h)

Author Benjamin Shallop’s lifelong love of history began during his childhood in Salem, Massachusetts. Over the years, he has worked in the Florida Park Service, in education and as a community and labor organizer. It is this working-class perspective that he brings to his history of the early settlement of Salem. He moved back to Salem in 2008 and began to rediscover the history that had initially inspired his love of learning as a child. Today, Mr. Shallop works as a union representative in the growing Massachusetts film industry and is an active member in several civic organizations in Salem.

At this time, orders shipped within the United States are shipped using USPS or UPS. Tracking information will be provided via email.

International shipping is offered on case-by-case basis. Please email us at to inquire.

PEM Shop is not responsible for lost or stolen merchandise.

For our local customers, we are pleased to offer an In Store Pickup option! How it works:

  1. Shop online at

  2. At checkout, select Curbside Pickup as your shipping method. Place your order.

  3. Once we have prepared your order, you will receive an email that your order is ready for pickup.

  4. Follow the pickup instructions provided in your email. Arrive at our Store location at 161 Essex Street.

  5. Orders not picked up within two weeks of order date will be canceled and refunded.

Please Note: Please allow 2-3 days from purchase date for processing. In Store Pickup is available Thursday through Monday 10 am–5 pm.

We are pleased to accept returns within 30 days of the purchase date. All returned items must be in their original condition and packaging.

To begin your return process, please email us at:

Please note: Sale, clearance and personal use items, such as face masks, cannot be returned or exchanged for store credit.


You may also like

Recently viewed